Lewis Hamilton says being made an honorary citizen of Brazil is “surreal” and “a huge honour”, and he “can’t wait to spend more time there”.
On Thursday the lower house of the Brazilian parliament has passed the bill that made Lewis Hamilton an honorary citizen of Brazil.
Ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis was asked to give his comments on the news.
“It’s very surreal and what a huge honour it is,” the Briton said.
“I was surprised when I heard about it yesterday because nobody contacted me about it, we just heard about it in the news.
“I’ve not heard of that happening, maybe it does in other places – but Brazil has always been a place that I’ve loved and admired since a kid.
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“Obviously following Ayrton [Senna], you are naturally drawn to the country. Through my life, just meeting more and more Brazilians and learning more about the culture and the community, it’s very, very diverse there.
“A lot of music and colour and I’ve had so many amazing times there. I obviously won my first championship there and then 14 years later or whatever it was, to have that epic race there last year and the moment with the Brazilian flag.
“My biggest following is in Brazil, so I’m very honoured and very grateful and can’t wait to spend more time there,” Hamilton concluded.